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Its OK not be OK at Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year but not for all of us. A quarter of UK adults will have poor mental health over Christmas and 18% of people report they ‘dread’ it. It’s OK not to be OK this Christmas, you’re not alone. Here are a few tips to help you get through it. […]

Northern Ireland Women’s Manifesto 2019 Launched

The Northern Ireland Women’s Manifesto 2019 sets out measures on a number of important gender equality issues that, with political will, can be taken forward over the next Westminster term. It has been compiled by The Women’s Policy Group. The Women’s Policy Group is comprised of a wide range of women’s organisations, NGOs, individuals and […]

Brexit and the Impact on Women in Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are greatly underrepresented in public and political life. This was clearly evident in the lead up to the Brexit referendum and remains a worrying issue in the current Brexit negotiations. Underrepresentation in political negotiations and decision-making, alongside several other areas lacking in gender parity such as access to education, training, work, […]

Hellos and Goodbyes in Lobbying

Kellie Turtle, Women’s Sector Lobbyist, will be leaving WRDA in October. Kellie joined WRDA in 2017 and has campaigned relentlessly on issues such as the Two Child Tax Credit Cap and Rape Clause, maternal mental health and childcare for all to name a few. Kellie will be working on a PHD on Reproductive Rights discourse […]

The ‘clear gender gap’ in NI driving test pass rates has nothing to do with the ability of women behind the wheel, there is something else at play here…

It was reported by the BBC that there is a ‘’Clear gender gap’ in NI driving test pass rates’. Women are more likely to pass the theory but men are more likely to pass the practical test. Intrigued, I dug a little deeper to try and see what might be going on here. The theory […]

Focus on Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancers by detecting early precancerous changes in the cells that line the cervix. Women aged 25-49 should be called for a smear test every 3 years and women aged 50-64 should be called every 5 years. You can watch a short video of what happens at a cervical screening […]